Our climate protection goals

We work continuously to further reduce emissions from our production. We have set ourselves ambitious quantitative goals to this end.

Goal 2030

From 2019 onward, we follow our new target of CO2-neutral* growth until 2030. This means that we want to serve the globally growing demand for chemical products – but not at the cost of the climate.

In order to reach this target, we will maintain the sum of greenhouse gas emissions arising from our production sites and our energy purchase at the 2018 level. We have therefore started a global Carbon Management Program.

Additional emissions from the expansion or further development of production sites will be balanced by optimization measures in the existing plants and a focus on low carbon energy purchase. Sharp increases due to the startup of large-scale plants will be progressively offset. When deciding on investments and acquisitions, we systematically consider the effects on greenhouse gas emissions.

In order to enable further CO2 savings in the chemical industry in the long term, completely new technologies are needed, which we are already starting to look into.


* Our goal includes other greenhouse gases converted to CO2 equivalents. For further information, see Annual Report.

Goals 2020

Up to 2018, we pursued the goal to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions per metric ton of sales product by 40% by 2020, compared with baseline 2002 (BASF operations excluding the discontinued oil and gas business). Until 2018, we reduced greenhouse gas emissions per metric ton of sales product by 34.2% compared with baseline 2002. Following the introduction of the new goal from 2019 onward we will maintain greenhouse gas emissions per metric ton of sales product as an additional reporting indicator.

Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions per metric ton of sales product in BASF operations excluding the discontinued oil and gas business

Moreover, we want to have introduced certified energy management systems (DIN EN ISO 50001) at all relevant production sites by 2020. This is one of the ways in which we intend to identify and carry out improvements in energy efficiency. From 2019 onward, we will maintain this goal as a reporting indicator to track our progress in introducing energy management systems.

The selection of relevant sites is determined by the amount of primary energy used and local energy prices. We account for BASF operations including Oil & Gas in this context. The relevant sites represent 90% of BASF’s primary energy demand. At the moment, 64 sites are certified worldwide, representing 73.0% of our primary energy demand.